The Level 0 MTB Skills Coach course is an entry level course aimed at parents, clubs and teachers who want to teach beginner and intermediate MTB riders the skills to confidently and safely enjoy mountain biking at a recreational level. The accreditation involves approximately 3 hours of pre course work followed by a 1 day face to face course. There are no post course requirements and successful participants will gain their accreditation at the end of the course.
For more information you can download the MTBA Level 0 Skills Coach Course Overview.
MTBA also recognises the skills instructor qualifications of a number of commercial skills instruction providers. If you have completed the Australian MTB Instructors (AMBIA) Level 1, the Professional MTB Instructors Association (PMBIA) Level 1 course or the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) ICP Level 1 course you can apply for MTBA accreditation using this Application Form. Additionally coaches with other forms of accreditation (for example BMX Level 1) and/or extensive practical experience may also be eligible to apply for recognition of current competency (RCC). For additional information on this please contact MTBA’s coach education coordinator Evan James firstname.lastname@example.org
The course is currently in high demand and courses are being run accordingly. It is highly recommended that you register your interest in attending a course here and you will be notified when a course is scheduled in your area.
Current courses open for registration can be found on the Upcoming Courses Page.
The pre-course readings and worksheet can be downloaded below.
The Level 1 MTB Coach course is aimed at Level 0 Skills Coaches who want to assist mountain bike riders to develop and advance their riding fitness and racing skills to state and national championship level.
The coaching course addresses generic coaching principles and its application to mountain bike coaching and teaches coaches to plan, prescribe and evaluate training for mountain bike riders. The course includes modules on goal setting, season plans, training plans, basic nutrition, advanced bike setup, introduction to sports science, and basic strength and conditioning.
This course requires two days of attendance, which incorporates discussion, presentations and workshop activities. The Level 0 Skills Coach course is required as a prerequisite.
The Level 1 course is currently undergoing an extensive update and rewrite as part of an expansion of MTBA’s coach education programs. Delivery of the new updated course is expected to begin in early 2017.
Register your interest to attend here and you will be notified when the new course begins delivery.
This course is for accredited NCAS Level 1 MTB coaches who want to work with elite athletes competing in National Championships or International competition. In particular, this course provides the underpinning knowledge for coaching an emerging elite young athlete who seeks to represent Australia at Junior or Under 23 international events.
This course is delivered over six days by a leading expert chosen by the UCI. The course provides in-depth information on the physiology and physiological assessment of an athlete, performance monitoring and assessment, sports psychology in cycling, advanced racing skills and race preparation, and recovery and crisis management of the injured cyclist.
The course was first delivered in Australia in Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast in December 2015 and it is expected that courses will be run every 12-18 months as demand requires. For more information and to register interest in the course please contact the Junior Development and Coach Education Coordinator – Evan James email@example.com
Coaches working outside of direct club activities with MTBA members are not covered by MTBA insurance however coaches working as sole traders and earning income now have the option to join the MTBA coach affiliation program.
The program extends the MTBA insurance cover to provide MTBA accredited coaches with professional indemnity and public liability insurance cover for both voluntary and paid work when coaching or instructing both MTBA members and non-MTBA members.
The affiliation form and other documents can be found below:
Most importantly to remember is coaches must have completed MTBA Level 0, MTBA Level 1 or UCI Level 2 to be able to coach at your club. If you do not have a NCAS certificate you are not covered by the MTBA insurance program if instructing or coaching.
For more on the latest measures contact MTBA Coach Education Coordinator Evan James firstname.lastname@example.org